I am always in awe of adventurous people – those mountain climbers, those deep sea divers, people who ride or drive across continents… At first, I think, my own lack of adventure makes me look up to them even more. But thinking about this more deeply I start to say to myself, “You have been adventurous. Just differently”. So perhaps, daring greatly is not just about adventure sports? I would go so far as to offer you the argument that some of the greatest athletes or adventurers may in fact not be daring at all!
Daring Greatly Is Not Just About Adventure Sports
I’ve always led a sheltered life. Protected from all physical harm and not really encouraged to be adventurous. I’m a big wuss when it comes to adventure and adventure sports. But I would never call myself a coward. No, I don’t mean to boast, but I’ve always been one to dare greatly.
Byron Katie calls it ‘The Work’ and Scott Peck wrote about ‘The Road Less Travelled’. Both of these books and Brené Brown’s ‘Daring Greatly’ and of course, The Artist’s Way are just some of the books that have encouraged me to travel deep within myself. To bring out into the open parts of me that I’ve hidden. Parts of me that I’m ashamed of. They have made me work towards being more authentic. Towards making myself vulnerable. They have forced me to take very difficult decisions. To stand up and speak out at the risk of being unpopular. To move away from toxic relationships even when these are conventionally the relationships I should have.I have had the audacity to hope that love and trust will win the day. Click To Tweet
Most of all I have had the audacity to hope that love and trust will win the day. I have dared to love time and again, at the risk of getting hurt. And I have dared to trust people even when I am tempted to be cynical. I have dared to forgive and move on and yet I have not settled for shallow relationships and band-aid peace.I have not settled for shallow relationships and band-aid peace.Click To Tweet
I still have a long journey to make inward, but I know I’m on the right path.
A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within. – Eudora Welty
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Prompts for 25th May 2018
1. The most difficult letter to write.
2. A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within. – Eudora Welty
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